Wednesday, November 22, 2017

New Look + I'm on the Rebelution!

So, as you all can see, I've made a couple changes to the blog. xD I absolutely LOVE the new design and features, don't you? I mean.... It's a TYPEWRITER on that header, and the fonts and colors... *insert happy sigh here*
Also, guess who just did a post on The Rebelution? Click here to read it! =D I hope to see you all over there!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

The Movie Book Tag

Lights, cameras, action!  Ladies and gentlemen, it is time for me to unveil a tag of my own invention: THE MOVIE BOOK TAG. *throws popcorn and confetti* I can't believe that I have finally gotten around to making my own tag! And it's about books. Books and movies. Almost as good as books and cookies, right? =D 
The Rules
Thank the person that tagged you and link back to the original creator (ME!). 
Answer all eight questions.
Tag at least two other bloggers. 
The Questions and Answers
Books or movies, which are better? 
Isn't Downton Abbey the best? 
Books. Hands down, books. Why have I even included this as a question?! *see above gif* No offense, movies, but you don't smell as good or look as pretty on shelves. Just saying.
What book needs to be made into a movie RIGHT NOW?

For me, it’s a tie between Nadine Brandes’s A Time To Die and Joanne Bischof’s To Get To You. Both would be such epic movies, with aaaalllll the feels and shrieks and confetti and the need for sequels. *sighs*
What movie adaption of a book has disappointed you the most?
The entire Percy Jackson movie series. I watched the movies and died a little inside. *insert popcorn throwing and weeping here* First of all, the movies barely even stuck to the true story in the books. Second of all… The books are just so much better. Period. *more weeping*
What movie adaption of a book has made you throw confetti and walk away happy?

....Of The Hunger Games movies. 
The Hunger Games movies left me a very happy human being—the only one that disappointed me was Mockingjay Part One. *Snoopy happy dance* But other than that, I felt that they did a pretty good job staying true to the original books, not to mention the superb acting brought Katniss and the world around her to life. *throws confetti* MAY THE ODDS BE EVER IN YOUR FAVOR.
What movie adaption of a book have you seen, but never read the book it’s based on?

Me loves the pwiddy gif.
Gah, I am SO guilty of watching movies and yet not seeing the books that they are based off of. But if I have to pick one that I REALLY need to read, it'd be The Book Thief. I loved the movie so much, and now I need to read the actual book. Wow, every time I do a post, I end up with a longer TBR list. #bloggerproblems
What book have you read, but never seen the movie adaption of?
*puts on a thinking cap* I don't think that I have ever read a book and never seen its movie adaption. It's usually the other way around (see above). Which is SO SAD. That just means I should be reading more.... *barricades self in room with aaaalllll the books* 
Who would star in the movie adaption of your current WIP? 
Ooooohhhh this is a hard one! *takes a look at my character board* For Second Star To The Right, I'd pick Georgie Henley to play Jane Darling. She just looks like Jane and seems soft-spoken and gentle yet strong-like Jane. Peter would be the hardest for me to cast, since he's once of the most complicated characters in the whole story. Maybe Josh Hutcherson?
Captain Hook is easier though. He'd just be a teenage version of Colin O'Donoghue,you know, the guy who plays Captain Hook from Once Upon A Time. He's seriously the best Hook EVER. Don't argue with me, because you KNOW it is the truth, okay? Okay. Now, next question...
When the credits roll after the movie adaption of the WIP you discussed above, what song will be playing?
Ruth B's "Lost Boy" for SURE would be playing in the credits. That's the song that has inspired this whole story, the one that has put fairies and never growing up and Lost Boys in my imagination. *insert happy, dreamy sighs here*
The Questions (Again) xD
1. Books or movies, which are better?
2. What book needs to be made into a movie RIGHT NOW?
3. What movie adaption of a book has disappointed you the most?
4. What movie adaption of a book has made you throw confetti and walk away extremely happy?
5. What movie adaption of a book have you seen, but never read the book it's based on?
6. What book have you read, but never seen the movie adaption of?
7. If your WIP was turned into a movie, who would play the main character(s)? 
8. When the credits roll after the movie adaption of the WIP you discussed above, what song will be playing? 
I Tag...
Anyone who wants to do this tag (yes, I know, I'm breaking my own rule)! I'd love to see lots of you take this tag and have fun with it. =D If you do, you can use the graphic at the tippy-top of this post for your post. And let me know if you do this tag so that I can hop over to your blog and check out your answers! =)

Since we're not in a library or a movie theatre, now we get to TALK!!!! Will you be doing this tag? Which do YOU prefer, books or movies? What is one of your favorite books? One of your favorite movies? Grab some popcorn and a soda (or cookies and cocoa, whatever you'd like) and let's chat in the comments! 

Friday, November 3, 2017

Flashback Friday-The Odd One Out

Happy flashback Friday! Today, I'm looking back on all the good times I had on my old blog, Ramblings of a Writer, with one of my favorite posts I put up on there (slightly edited). I hope you all enjoy, and don't worry, I'll have a new post up next week. =)  

Have you ever felt like you didn’t belong? Like you were different? That you were the odd one out? I have. In fact, I know what it’s like to be the odd one out very well.

A few years ago, my family and I lived overseas in the little European country of Belgium. In Belgium, I knew I was different. I was an American in a foreign country. I spoke a different language. I had different customs. I believed in different things. I had a different way of life. When people met me, they could immediately tell that I was an American. Being the odd one out wasn’t always fun. At times, I felt alone. I missed America, where I felt a sense of belonging.

As Christians, we are different. We are the odd ones out. We are pilgrims in a foreign land. And it isn’t always the most enjoyable. Because of our beliefs, we are sometimes singled out. Ridiculed and persecuted. Branded and cast away.

We. Are. Different.

Sadie Robertson shares a story about a time when she had the opportunity to travel with a Junior Olympic basketball team to Austria in her book Live Original. On that trip, she realized how different she was from her friends. She was the only Christian in her group, and they behaved and spoke differently than she had been taught. She was called an old, broken down lawn mower for not participating in nightly parties and staying true to her values.

Sadie wasn’t the only one who realized she was different. Her coach told her that there was something different about her, to which she explained that she was a Christian.

Back then, I did not really understand that believers are different from the rest of the world. We need to be different; that’s part of what it means to follow God.

-Sadie Robertson, Live Original

Different is good. Sadie learned that on her trip. As Christians, we are called to be different. We are called to not follow the ways of the world, but to follow in Jesus’s footsteps.

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is-his good, pleasing, and perfect will.

-Romans 12:2

Hold your head up high. You’re different according to this world, and that’s good. Follow Jesus, not the world. It’ll surely put a smile on the Father’s face.

Do you have an old blog? If so, what's one of your favorite posts you put up on it? Have you ever felt like the odd one out? How did you react to that feeling?  How can you follow in Jesus’s footsteps today?  Let's chat, friends! =D

Friday, October 20, 2017

Beautiful Books 2017 - Introduce Your Novel

So... I might be doing Naowrimo this year. *insert never-ending screaming here* I'm still deciding, but I'm pretty sure I'll be signing myself up for writing craziness in 2.5 seconds.... I'll keep y'all updated. xD In the meantime, here's a lovely Beautiful Books link-up  about my newest story idea, Second Star To The Right (temporary title). Ready? =)
UPDATE: I've decided not to do Nano because my November is going to be quite busy, with a family reunion, school, Christmas prep, etc. One year, one year..... 
What inspired the idea for your novel, and how long have you had the idea?
It all started when my family was sitting around the fire drinking cocoa and munching s'mores a couple days ago. Music was playing softly in the background, and then all the sudden I hear this song... 
Neverland is home to lost boys like me
And lost boys like me are free.
-"Lost Boy"sung by Ruth B.
And then a Peter Pan story idea smacks me in the face like BAM!!! And thus this story was inspired.
Describe what your novel is about!
WELLLLLLL...... I don't exactly have the whole plot together but here's a makeshift blurb:
Jane has spent her whole life as "the girl in the window." Watching the world go by in London in the wake of World War II and the disappearance of her older brother, James, she is scarcely brave enough to go out her front door. Then she meets Peter, the boy across the street. 
He's cocky. Outgoing. Brave. Loud. Everything she's not. Their differences become even more stark when she realizes that he really lives in the world of her wildest dreams. And he flies. Oh, and then there's a fairy named Tinkerbell and his arch nemesis, a pirate of all people...  
When he asks her to come to Neverland with him to care for his band of Lost Boys, she agrees, but on one condition: he in turn must help her locate her missing brother. A deal is made, and then Jane must do the bravest thing she's ever done. Step outside her window and fly to a land of mystery and certain adventure, where nothing is as it seems... 
What is your book’s aesthetic? Use words or photos or whatever you like!
Here's the link to an aesthetic that totally describes my story. 
Girl in a window//Panpipes//Pixie dust//Thimbles//Lost Boys//A house underground//London
Wings//Mermaids//Tiger Lily//Stars//Mothers//Arrows//Acorn Button//Sparrow
Introduce us to each of your characters!
I shall be copying my friend Savannah in describing each of my main characters with a gif..... =)
My MC, Jane (temporary name), is sweet, kind, and full of wonder, despite all of that's happened to her, but she's very wary of others and a bit scared of the real world. 

Peter Pan, in my novel, is cocky and brave on the outside, but on the inside, he's slightly insecure and has a pretty big heart. He kinda reminds me of the new Spider-Man.  
How do you prepare to write? (Outline, research, stocking up on chocolate, howling, etc.?)
Once I get a story idea I like to stock up on inspiration. For me, this usually includes making a playlist to listen to while I write and saving some aesthetics to a makeshift story board. For this Peter Pan story, I'm reading J.M. Barrie's Peter and Wendy. I'm also going to be researching post-WWII in London, England, which is where my MC lives at the beginning of the story.
Meanwhile, I'm juggling making a list of major plot points in the novel, as well as little nuances that I can carry into my character's personalities, dialogue, etc. This is also the point where I like to start making a rough outline.
Then I stock up on cocoa, sugar, and adorable notebooks. You know, to prepare for the draft to come. And there's also just a little bit of screaming involved....
What are you most looking forward to about this novel?
Playing around with a classic story and making it my own-and need I mention that I'm in love with my characters whom I still haven't come up with permanent names yet
List 3 things about your novel’s setting.
magical and a bit ridiculous//no one grows up//second star to the right and straight on till morning
What’s your character’s goal and who (or what) stands in the way?
Jane's goal is to find a place where she belongs. She's always been the girl watching the world from her window, making no difference, living but not really living. And when she gets the chance to go to Neverland and be a sort of "mother" for Peter's band of Lost Boys, she jumps at the chance to do so, and also maybe find her missing brother, James.  
How does your protagonist change by the end of the novel?
*SPOILERS* Also still figuring that part out.
What are your book’s themes? How do you want readers to feel when the story is over?
My story is going to be about growing up and saying goodbye, finding where you belong, and getting enough courage to step out into the real world, because sometimes, the most dangerous thing you'll ever have to do is step outside your front door. Or your bedroom window, like in Jane's case....
I want my readers to feel like they stepped out of Neverland and to be a little braver because of it when they finish reading my story.

What is your favorite version of Peter Pan? Who's your favorite character? Are you doing Nanowrimo? Come join me in the comments and let's chat about faith, trust, and pixie dust! =D 

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